Have you ever wondered what being a farmer is like? Sometimes, it’s interesting to see the different lifestyles of individuals with various kinds of careers. Today, at Café Monteverde, I got some insight as to the lifestyle of a Tico farmer. Don Guillermo, a Tico farmer, told us about how he has one foot in the farming industry and the other somewhere else: tourism or teacher. He shared some information about how being a farmer can be unpredictable, in terms of making a steady profit. There are so many unpredictable and uncontrollable events/problems that could occur, that one of the main challenges for farmers is to find ways to minimize the negative impacts of those events/problems. For example, to try to control the negative effects that the wind has on the coffee bean plants, farmers used this method of pruning to protect the coffee bean cherries from the wind. But the reason farmers stay farmers is because it is rewarding to see the outcome of their work. Farmers are also happy to contribute to their community and make a positive impact on the worlds by trying to be sustainable.
Farmers’ jobs are made easier with the help of new innovations and technologies. This in turn helps in the creation of a sustainable farm today. In Costa Rica, sustainability is very important. With the advancements in technology, like the biodigestor, sustainable farms are possible. The biodigestor can be used to manage waste or produce fuels. This technology will help eliminate the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Also, farmers can turn their farms into sustainable farms by thinking like an engineer. An engineer produces new ideas/objects to help improve the efficiency of the product or process. At Café Monteverde, another method that was used to conserve energy to help keep the farm sustainable, was that they used the energy created by riding a bike to cut up food for their farm animals.